A Look Back — This Is What Beauty Treatments Looked Like In The 1930s And 1940s

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It’s no secret that some really weird things are invented and the beauty world is no exception. There are new and bizarre things coming out all the time that women will succumb to in the name of beauty. The 1930s and 1940s definitely saw their fair share of off the wall beauty treatments.
While the end result, say curled hair or soft skin, is the same goal today as it was in the past, the way to get there has certainly changed over the years. If you’ve ever wondered what your grandmother or mother did to look beautiful, you may find your answer here. Would you use any of these items?
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In the 1930s, women often used carbon dioxide to “freeze” their freckles off.
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Helena Rubenstein used this mask in her salons during the 1940s.
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Called a Freckleproof Cape, this lovely garment was worn to prevent sun damage before the invention of sunscreen.
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Blow dryers back then were much larger and harder to manage than they are now.
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Massage chairs like these were used to help women lose weight.
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Max Factor invented this device in the 1930s to help women get a precise makeup application.
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This is how women permed their hair into waves back in the early 1930s.
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Before WWII, women would sit under this machine for hours in an attempt to have perfectly curled locks.
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In the 1940s, this heated mask was used to stimulate blood flow and improve the skin’s appearance.
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Fruit masks like this one were pretty common in the 1930s.
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This device, called a Glamour Bonnet, was used to give women a rosy complexion.
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Rubber beauty masks were used to get rid of imperfections and create perfect skin.
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Women in the 1930s used this sucking machine to help get rid of spots and create a flawless complexion.
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This Hangover Heaven mask was created by Max Factor and was supposed to counteract the effects of a night of partying in the 1940s.
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